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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with David Lunde
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: David Lunde is a farmer in Hayward, Minnesota. He grew up on his family's farm, originally homesteaded by his grandfather in 1870. He and his brother became partners with their father in the farm beginning in the late 1940s, after they returned from military service in World War II. Mr. Lunde also served in the Korean war. In 1960, Lunde purchased the family farm from his father. He continued to farm until 1989 when he and his wife sold the farm to a neighbor and moved to town. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Lunde family history; selling the family farm; serving on the board of directors for Mid-America Dairymen; political aspects of farming; Workmen's Compensation; hiring help; military service; purchase of farm from father; growing up; involvement in 4-H; dairying; testifying before the House Subcommittee of Dairy, Poultry and Livestock for the 1985 Farm Bill; necessity of a two-income family; ethnicity and religion in the Hayward area; the Federal Land Bank; the co-op movement; mediation process; the 1980s farm crisis as part of a cycle; marketing; young people in farming; corporate farming; dairying in Arizona, California, and Florida; Hayward's businesses and future; the environment and use of chemicals; the seed corn business; 1959 Wilson Plant strike in Albert Lea; appreciation of farmers; dairy and growth hormones; the future of family farms.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
26 pages transcript
1.33 hours videocassette
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: moving images
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Narrator: Lunde, David
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Dates Creation: 05/01/1989 - 06/06/1989
Audio interview was 5/1/1989 and video interview was 6/6/1989
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.13
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  • Laura Lunde on November 10, 2014 11:51:48 PM

    Thank you to the voters of MN for supporting the Legacy Fund to make this type of family farm history available to the public. This story happens to be about my family. What a gift to be able to hear my Grandpa's voice again. Thank you! Regards, Laura M. Lunde

  • Laura Lunde on November 10, 2014 11:52:29 PM

    Thank you to the voters of MN for supporting the Legacy Fund to make this type of family farm history available to the public. This story happens to be about my family. What a gift to be able to hear my Grandpa's voice again. Thank you! Regards, Laura M. Lunde

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